NHIF contributions to become mandatory in Kenya and defaulters risk penalties

it will target more than 16 million adult Kenyans who are not covered by the NHIF.

The government is now seeking to set up a national health scheme to boost Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme.

According to the National Health Insurance Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2021, before the National Assembly, all Kenyans who have attained the age of 18 will be enrolled and required to contribute Sh6,000 annual subscription in the new remodelled medical scheme if approved by MPs.

The Bill seeks to enhance the mandate and capacity of NHIF to facilitate and deliver the UHC, piloted in Kisumu, Isiolo, Machakos and Nyeri counties before being rolled out to the rest of the country.

“The Bill proposes to insert a new section 15A to make it mandatory for any person who has attained the age of 18 years and is not a beneficiary to register as a member of the Fund,” reads the Bill.

If the Bill sponsored by Majority Leader Amos Kimunya becomes law, it will target more than 16 million adult Kenyans who are not covered by the NHIF.

the contributions to NHIF will no longer be voluntary after the repeal of sections that gave the public the choice of contributing to the national insurance scheme or not.

WAIRIMU JESSY

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